Windows 11: Notepad and MS Paint are getting new Fluent header

Windows 11 Paint and Notepad

Microsoft finally announced
Windows 11 today with centered Start Menu, taskbar icons,
floating Action Center and Windows Search. Microsoft also
announced a new app store, support for Android apps, and now a
new teaser from the company has confirmed that classic apps are
also getting Fluent Design.

As part of Windows 11 refresh,
File Explorer,
Settings, MS Paint and Notepad are getting Fluent Design
improvements.

The toolbar, which is at the top of the Paint and Notepad
window, is being replaced by a new modern header where you’ll
find all of the options previously used to interact with the
canvas and text editor.

A screenshot from Microsoft’s developer event shows off a
simplified ribbon-like header with Fluent Design. Currently,
there’s no sign of web browser-like tabs functionality, which
was part of Windows Sets.

Paint and Notepad on Windows 11

In MS Paint, the header contains the primary/secondary
selection box, brush selection tool, shapes, thickness/thinning
slider, outline/fill and all other options we’ve currently.

To be clear, Paint is not losing any features as part of the
Fluent Design revamp. It’s only getting a visual upgrade, which
was long due.

In addition, there are a bunch of new icons for common buttons
such as cut, copy, share, delete, rename, properties, and more.
These buttons are visible in File Explorer, Notepad and other
Windows apps.

Based on screenshots from Microsoft, it looks like we’re
finally getting a consistent header design across most common
apps. Currently, not much is known about the new header design
and how it is being implemented in Windows.

It is likely that Microsoft is still exploring the feature and
it will eventually getting better in the Windows 11 Insider
Preview that will be released next week (last week of June).

More on Windows 11

In addition to these new UI improvements, we’re also expecting
new Photos and other first-party apps from Microsoft. Windows
Store is also getting a revamp and Android apps are coming via
Amazon Appstore.

While the preview builds will be published later this month,
the stable build of Windows 11 is expected in the fall of 2021
and a wider rollout will begin in early 2022.

Microsoft also confirmed
Windows 11 is a free upgrade and there’s a good chance
you’ll get the operating system at no cost even if you’re still
running Windows 7, though Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the direct
upgrade to Windows 11 for Windows 7 and official statement
states “only eligible computers” will be upgraded for free.

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